Every once in a while, I develop a makeup crush. The new object of my affection is the entire brand, Make Up For Ever. I’ve been using a few of their products for a while, but I’ve gotten more lately and I am in love. Here’s what I have:
5 Camouflage Cream Palette: This was my first Make Up Forever purchase. I bought it in No. 1 because I wanted the green color corrector. I scraped that one and the peach (Golden Beige 15) completely to the bottom of the pan. More about those below. The skintone concealers are fabulous too–very creamy and they provide great coverage. They also do a great job of staying on the skin. I find that all of the camouflage concealers work best when I dab them on my hand first to let my body heat melt them down (sounds weird, but it works) then I apply with either a brush or my fingertips.
Camouflage Cream in Golden Beige 15: This is actually a peach concealer and it works wonders on dark undereye circles. Because it is a thick product and the thin, slightly bumpy skin under the eyes really shows caked-on makeup, I apply a little moisturizer under the eye first. Then I do the warm-the-product-on-my-hand trick, apply it to the area with a concealer brush and blend with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. The first time I ever used this on a client, the response was great. “Wow! What is this stuff? It’s amazing!” Yes, it is that good.
Camouflage Cream in Green 17: This is the product in my kit that scares people the most. It’s not tinted green, or green-ish brown–it is straight up green. Many people have said to me “You’re going to put that on my face?” (but my favorite was the actor who said “Cool! Can you do the Celtics mascot on my face?”). I always tell clients how green products cancel out redness and will be blended in and covered with foundation before they can say “shamrock.” This product is excellent for covering rosacea, as well as the slight redness many people have around their nose and/or chin. The Camouflage Concealer in Green 17 is absolutely a kit essential for me. I’d be lost without it.
HD Invisible Cover Foundation: Hallelujah! Whoever created this foundation deserves some kind of award. It goes on smoothly, gives great coverage, feels like nothing, lasts all day and comes in a variety of colors. It is a medium coverage foundation, which I like, but it might look a little strange to you at first if you’re used to a more sheer foundation or a tinted moisturizer. Not strange in a bad way, but if you’re used to seeing your freckles or color variations on your face, you’re going to be surprised. I have freckles and while it doesn’t completely cover them, it definitely hides them a lot more than lighter foundations. On some people, it can look the tiniest bit cakey right after you apply it, but after a couple minutes it completely settles into the skin. I promise. If you can’t tolerate those few minutes, simply apply a moisturizer to your face first using a foundation brush, then use that same brush to apply the foundation. The moisturizer left on brush will thin out the foundation a little. Or, if you’re a I-use-my-hands-to-apply-foundation person, simply add in a tiny drop of moisturizer to the foundation. This foundation is made for high definition television, so it gives a gorgeous, flawless finish. It also photographs beautifully.
Smoky Lash Mascara: You can love different products in different ways, right? Because I love Diorshow with a passion…but I love Smoky Lash just as much. I love them both, but for different reasons. Diorshow is a great every day mascara. It gives length, volume, and a smooth, never clumpy finish. This is my mascara of choice for any polished look. Smoky Lash is like the badass sister of Diorshow. They are both excellent at what they do, but their personalities are different. Smoky Lash is more intense, thicker, and more obvious than Diorshow. I don’t want to say it’s clumpy, but it’s got a little texture to it. I especially love it for layering on top of my Diorshow bottom lashes. I like thick, not long, bottom lashes, and this does the trick. I’m pretty obsessed with this one.
Aqua Eyes Eyeliners: I want to give the disclaimer that I tried these liners when they first came out and they may have been re-formulated since then. First, the good. I love the color payoff of these pencil liners. My favorite is the Turquoise 7L, which shows up on the skin as vibrant as it looks. These pencil liners are waterproof and they certainly do stay on. I don’t think they show up or stay on the waterline very well, but I’ve heard other people say they are great on the waterline, which is why I think they may have been re-formulated. Because of that, and the fact that I love MUFE, I am going to buy some new ones and give them another try.
I’m trying out a few other Make Up For Ever products right now, so more reviews are on the way. I’m looking forward to trying more of their products. They are an awesome brand, and their high quality products are good people, man.
You can find MUFE products at Sephora, and they have stores in LA, New York and Dallas. If anyone else knows of another place, please let me know.
Have a beautiful day 🙂